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Personal Stories

Every person with diabetes has a unique story and their own path of managing and responding to the challenges of diabetes. Even though each story is individual, we learn from hearing about one another’s experiences, from the highs to the lows. We bring you personal stories to show some of the many ways that individuals, families, and communities live well with diabetes and manage the condition.

How Jamie Kurtzig, a high school student using a DIY automated insulin delivery system, manages her type 1 diabetes
Michael writes about his diagnosis with type 2 diabetes, and how he used a CGM to put his type 2 diabetes into remission
Children, ages 4 to 17, met with Members of Congress to help them understand what it’s like to live with type 1 diabetes and why research for a cure is so important...
Adam’s presentation at Friends for Life 2019
We asked readers, “Who’s Your Bright Spot?” Read about those who make life with diabetes better and brighter
A few weeks ago, Kelly experienced severe hypoglycemia (she left her RileyLink in her basement by accident!) – lucky for her, she had just picked up a new emergency...
When first diagnosed, Renza was told to fear diabetes complications. This clouded her ability to do even the most basic of self-management
Comedian and actor Billy Gardell spoke with diaTribe about his journey with type 2 diabetes and how he has changed both his outlook and his habits
Jamie Kurtzig, a high school student living with type 1 diabetes, just published a book of 100 poems that she has written over the last ten years
A new study shows that physical activity can add years to your life. Is this enough to motivate behavior change?
Stefany Shaheen shares her daughter’s story of diabetic ketoacidosis and the hospital’s response, and her takeaways from this experience
diaTribe’s community manager Cherise Shockley interviewed Karen Washington, one of the stars in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising, about her work to make healthy...
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation continues her legacy of greatness
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”
diaTribe's editor-in-chief, Kelly Close, reviews David Kessler's new book "Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth about Food, Weight and Disease”
COVID testing in San Francisco revealed striking inequalities in workplace safety; many people can't work from home during the pandemic. We collaborated with Beyond Type...
For some, school cancelations and working from home have added stress that can make diabetes management even more difficult. Here are the perspectives and strategies of...
Daily information and statistics about the pandemic mean that the news is constant and can be overwhelming. Here’s how diaTribe’s Community Manager is handling her COVID...
Thirty years of diabetes management prepared me to take care of my body, fight COVID-19, and recover from the virus
As the school year approaches, families with diabetes are trying to determine how to safely navigate returning to school in the time of COVID-19

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